Lately we hear about the Supreme Court weighing in on the Constitutionality of privacy Vs. Technology.
We can almost predict the arguments that support the encroachment upon a citizen’s privacy: You don’t have a right to privacy in public places, your cell phone communications aren’t private, only criminals have something to hide.
If you think this last statement is far-fetched, it is not. It is actually the unspoken opinion of prosecuting attorneys and courts.
We have doors on our homes to keep things in, and keep things out.
An open door could be viewed as an invitation. We would not leave our homes with the door open, so why are we comfortable with leaving our computers and other devices wide open?
Local passwords are not enough to thwart the bad guys.
I will share a story later about a man who was working on a documentary that peered into a rather unpopular topic. During the production, almost out of nowhere he had his private computer remotely hacked and the attackers placed all types of child pornography onto his hard drive – then the “hackers” called the authorities, and now this man faces serious charges.
This sounds like a made up story, but it is not. A little web searching and you will likely discover similar events.
One thing we know, is that if this man had a Virtual Private Network (VPN) – he would NEVER have had this problem, unless of course he actually did collect child pornography, in which case may the law roast him.
For the sake of explaining how instrumental a VPN is to your life, just consider how hackers can intercept online banking, email, private communications, etc. From your home network.
Most people feel they are protected with passwords. I used to think the same way, although no one ever planted child porn on my computer, I have been the victim of hacks that I thought I was otherwise protected from. You aren’t protected without a VPN.
Think of a VPN like your very own super-secret tunnel that only you know about, and only you may freely pass through. This is what a VPN does for all of your data that is transmitted or received.
Still think you have nothing to hide? It doesn’t matter if you desire the maximum possible data security and privacy because it is your Constitutional right, or because you frequent the dark side of the web and are clearly going to be target by hackers and law enforcement agencies.
You wouldn’t walk to the store naked, so why would you go online unprotected?
Last week, a coworker of mine lost a significant amount of crypto currency. Though this currency is supposed to be flawless, bulletproof and hack proof because of the sophisticated cryptographic algorithms used – it is not safe from snooping eyes that have infiltrated your computer or smart phone remotely. This means that if someone can gain some level of access to your computer, they can selectively steal whatever they want.
Many people missed the big news story about how Kaspersky discovered how the NSA and CIA spy tools worked after the Vault 7 release by WikiLeaks.
To put this in simple language: There are known tools that can not only conceal their presence on a target computer, but actually mimic the origin from a completely different state (nation).
That is right. With those tools, anyone and deploy a cyber-attack and make it appear that someone else did the hacking.
But a VPN places the user’s miles above the bog of data dirt bags, and the good news to you is that you will never really notice that your VPN is there.
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